Staff unable to help emergency room patients into a critical care bed, at the Scripps Hospital Encinitas too short on beds to handle the list of area locals looking for a chance at an admit, stay on standby. The project building the new two story Critical Care Center with a three story tower stands at the halfway point.
Mortar walls on the Santa Fe Drive front and west side give the construction work built on the west campus, behind the existing buildings, its secure character. Next Summer, for the opening, the roof will have a helipad medical staff will use to transport patients to a trauma center.
Most inpatients come in through the emergency department at the hospital that has a front facing the nearby Interstate 5. The population growth rate experienced the last decade in the area inthe north county forced the hospital to halt plans to keep using the same emergency department building and its low bed count. Emergency department patients grew by 50 percent. The same rate as the population.
The campus turned into a work field in August in 2012. Construction of the center is a next step at Scripps. Undergoing a full expansion, the hospital must prepare to staff a campus that can do a lot more good work saving San Diegans with a health crisis at hand. This second phase in the expansion comes at the dear price of 94 million dollars.
Keeping the new medical surgical beds clean will keep staff at work, but in a state of the art building with plenty of floor space.
Two buildings have built up to their heights on the campus map. The front Santa Fe Drive building and one behind it.
Medical service traffic has not deserted the drivethe Santa Fe Medical Center operated on across the street before it closed. The sound of ambulance sirens make the regular busy drive traffic move on a street patients watch out for their own safety as they drive in and out of the parking lot on the east campus front. Scripps needed to get outfitted for high count entries and exits.
Workers on the site stay motivated by exactly that goal. A low ambulance bay count must go up. The work strengthening the building frames, front and back, keep workers on scaffolding during the day hours still hot on the Encinitas hill top in early Fall.
There is no garden landscape on the west campus this year. Just plenty of lot dirt and building machines.
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